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Located on the fringes of the Chaudière Island, Chaudière Falls is a group of waterfalls flowing into the Ottawa River. These falls were discovered by Samuel de Champlain in the 17th Century and are named Chaudière, meaning 'Big Kettle', as the shape resembled that of a cauldron. The drop of the fall is 15 meters (49 feet), and the set stretches for 60 meters (200 feet). The force of this falling water is used to generate hydroelectric power.
Located across from Ottawa City Hall on Sussex Drive, these pretty falls mark the end of the Rideau River's journey from the St. Lawerence River. Although not as spectacular as Hog's Back Falls, the Rideau Falls are still picturesque in their own right, especially when they are shimmering lit up at night. The falls are located in Rideau Falls Park, within walking distance of 24 Sussex Drive and Rideau Hall.
Built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of powered machinery, the Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks. The canal runs from the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill to Hog's Back Falls on the south end of the city. During the summer months, a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway. Come winter, the canal is transformed into the "World's Longest Skating Rink" and is a hub of activity during Ottawa's Winterlude festival.
Hog's Back Falls, formally known as the Prince of Wales Falls, are artificially created waterfalls. Located on the Rideau River, the falls make for a perfect day trip. Just sitting by the falls, watching the beauty of it all and hearing the sound of the cascading water is sure to make your day. There is a snack bar nearby, making the riverbanks a great picnic spot. Navigate the many trails around the waterfall until you find a good vantage point. During winter, the river freezes, making the waterfalls look truly mesmerizing.